Archive for July, 2007

Skerry Eyed Dog


Zach is a big dog, like 80 lbs or so.  Therefore, this bone is huge.  Flintstone like.


Other Stuff to Obsess About

I am stopping the obsession, work is calling.

But, the dossier is done!  I should really take a picture of all the paperwork.  Yesterday we got the last document authenticated from the SF Guatemalan consulate.  Hence, the copy making.  Besides the originals, we had to make 3 copies.  It’s a pain in the arse because of all the staples which are you arne’t suppose to remove.  So, it mean, flipping things over and standing over a blinding copy machine. 

We also had to do pictures of the house.  This meant figuring out how to download photos.  I have never downloaded them before.  It took a while to find the attachment, it wasn’t the standard USB.  It’s really hot today.  Then I had to take photos and the house had to look ok.  So then I had to tidy stuff up.  Did I tell you it’s really hot today?

 Poor Zachy.  He’s got a big cut/infection/scab/etc on his face.  So, he has to wear one of the crazy cone things.  He ain’t elegant.  He’s constantly bumping into things.  He’s constantly running into walls.  And, he’s sort of miserable.  When I figured out how to download photos, there were some of Zachy in the camera so I’m going to attempt to upload them.  Yes, I just can’t stop the frustration.  It’s still very hot. 


Tired.  But, moving.

The computer busted at the Guat embassy in Chicago.  They said it wouldn’t be fixed until tomorrow.  We used a wonderful lady to do the courier work for us.  She got them out today.  Not really sure how but I am certainly not complaining.  We should be the package tomorrow.  Excellent.

We are still waiting on our I171H.  I found out that the woman who does them in the St. Paul office took a longish vacation (only in America is 1.5 weeks considered long).  So, hopefully that will speed up.

We still have one document in San Francisco.  I sent it on the 9th, hope it gets back soon.

One of our references did their letter again.  There was a mix up on the notary expiration date. 

I just want out dossier done. . .

Tweedle Dee

Dossier is getting there –

Just need the homestudy, I171H and one more witness letter. Our CPA did it wrong and I don’t have the guts to ask him again.  So, I’m bothering someone else.  People have been so cool about it.

After all of our dossier documents are notarized.  They need to go to the state for authentification.  Then, they need to go to the Guatemalan consulate for certification.  There are several Guatemalan consulates in the US.  The one that serves MN is in IL.  We had one reference letter done in Washington State – so that one goes to San Francisco.  I was able to send that one out yesterday afternoon.  The SF office told me the turn around time is 3 – 5 weeks.  Blah. I am hoping that since it’s only one document, it will be less.

I think this is going to be a long wait.


Today was progress.

I got my notarized physian letter today.  Whoopee.

Our reference was able to find a notary with a later notary expiration date and one who signed it correctly.  Whoopee.

I ordered the photos of the house (outside, inside) and Joe/I for the dossier.

What’s left:

  • Notarized home study – our adoption counselor said she would get it to us by July 12th.  Nothing for us to do on this but wait.
  • Witness letters.  Need to get those done next week.
  • Reference letters – one is being state authenticated in Wahington, the other is in the mail to us and hopefully the last is on it’s way.  They didn’t get their plea/request from us until later.

Once we have all the dossier documents, they have to go to the state to be certified and then the Guatemalan consulate to be authenticated.

Hopefully by the time that is done we will get out 171H from Immigration.

Then we go on the wait list.  We’ll likely need to wait for a referral for 1 – 4 months.

Compared to the home study, gathering the dossier documents has been a breeze – knock on wood.


Are not my favorite people right now.

One of our references got a letter signed, notarized, and mailed to us.  What do you know – the notary messed up the date.  Hello?  Now our reference has to do it again.  Ugh.

As for enlightment, I am watching Little House on the Prairie.  Albert dies.  And Darth Vadar is Luke’s father.

Notary Schmotary

We are asking a lot from our very kind references and witnesses.  The agency we are working with has asked that we use notaries who don’t expire for 2 years.  So, it’s really a pain in the ass to find notaries who don’t expire for a while.  I am sorry!

Little E

This is an outfit we sent him!


Application to agency: 2/7/07 Dossier to agency: 7/30/07
i171h: 9/6/07
Referral: 9/13/07
POA to Guatemala: 9/28/07
DNA auth: 11/29/07
Enter family court: 12/18/07
DNA test: 1/16/08
Birth mother interview: 1/16/08
DNA test results to embassy: 1/23/08
Registered with the CNA: 2/11 (grandfathered in)
Exit family court: 2/11/08
Pre-approval: 3/6/08
Enter PGN: 3/12/08
Exit PGN: 4/16/08
Adoption decree signed: 4/17/08
New birth certificate: 4/22/08
New passport: 4/25/08
Orange: 5/5/08
2nd DNA Test: 5/8/08
Pink: TBD
Embassy appt: